Deborah C and Josef are the only duet in this year’s Maltese selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and they will try and win Malta’s ticket to Kiev with their song “Tonight”.
We had a small chat with Deborah C and Josef, where we asked them about “Tonight” and the team behind it, the rule-change in the national final, as well as some more personal questions in order to get to know them a little bit better. Read everything they told us in this interview right here:
Hi Deborah C and Josef! First of all, congratulations to making it to the MESC final! How do you feel being once again in this competition?
Thank You indeed! We are very excited and super happy to be in the finals for the 6th consecutive year (for Deborah) and 2nd time (For Josef)… Let the journey begin 🙂
Can you tell us more about the story behind your song, and the team who worked on it?
We have been together as a duet since June 2016 thanks to our vocal coaches Ms Pamela Bezzina and Mr Glen Vella through the constant management of Ms Angie Laus. As soon as Deborah received the catchy tune of “Tonight”, Josef got chosen to sing the male part and we decided to submit it for MESC 2017. We believe that “Tonight” is a happy-fun song which every person can relate to. Everyone has that one person who makes you feel happy and jolly when you think about him/her. It is a song which gives a lot of positive energy and one will surely be clapping, dancing and singing to this romantic, sweet song. “Tonight” evokes positive feelings like love, joy and happiness.
How are you getting ready for the night of the final?
We have been meeting up for team-building and also discussing the stage act. We shared all our ideas and engaged everything together. Our vocal coach Ms Pamela Bezzina is being very strict with us and taking good care of our vocals. We’re also doing circuit training to keep fit. We started rehearsing after the New Year and we’re aiming to deliver a solid performance on the night.
What do you usually do when you are not singing?
Deborah C: ‘I love to read books’
Josef: ‘I like to cook in my free time’
What do you think of the rule change in this year’s MESC,that only the public will pick the winner?
We totally agree that all the Maltese and Gozitans should voice their opinion and pick the winner to represent our country in Kiev.
Why should you be the ones to represent Malta in Kiev this year?
Our song will definitely give a positive mood to the people in Europe as everyone can relate to it. We personally think that you need to have three things to reach the top: a very catchy song, an outstanding performance and good promotion abroad/hard work.
Who do you think is your biggest competition to win this year?
Honestly, we feel that this year there’s a good number of songs which have good potential. It all depends on the final night after we deliver a good performance on stage.
Are you currently involved in any other projects?
We’re both involved in the projects of Vocalbooth. Josef forms part of Animae Gospel Choir and Deborah forms part of Vocalbooth Choir. We both work on different projects throughout the year.
We also have a couple of questions for you just to get to know you two a little bit better. What would be your favorite book?
“Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls)” by Maggie Stiefvater / “Hush Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick
Vikings and Blinspot (series)
Your own signature dish?
Pizza / Sushi
What would you bring to a desert island?
Hammock and a satellite phone
Your ideal duet-partner would be?
Debbie Scerri in Josef’s case and Mike Spiteri in Deborah’s case.
The last song you listened to was…?
“Rockabye” / “I Will Survive”
Thank you very much for your time, and we wish you the very best of luck at the MESC Final!
We would like to thank everyone. We are very grateful to all our fans, friends and relatives for the enormous support. We feel blessed to have them in our lives. We would like to take this opportunity to dedicate our performance to all of them and we hope they will be cheering and clapping with us throughout our act. We want our fans to have fun while we are performing on stage.
If Deborah C & Josef are your personal favorites in the Maltese selection this year, you can vote for their song in our poll here:
Give a listen to the entry of Deborah C & Josef, “Tonight”, right here: